Sunday, December 21, 2014

A Measure of Deceit by Jess Michaels Review @samhainpub @jessmichaelsbks

A Measure of Deceit (The Ladies' Book of Pleasures, #3)
Release date: December 9, 2014
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance
Series: The Ladies' Book of Pleasures #3

Even Society’s most scandalous writer couldn’t have predicted this.

The Ladies Book of Pleasures, now credited with two marriages and countless other affairs and liaisons, has Society all aflutter. The one person not benefitting from its scandalous advice? The author herself.

From the safety of her anonymity, Lady Grace Hollis, Duchess of Jameswood, enjoys the blissful results of her handiwork—and pretends she does not miss the passionate proclivities she penned. But when her handsome editor begins making the rounds of Society parties, she wonders how long her secret will be safe.

Connor Sheridan wants—needs—to know the answer to the one burning question on everyone’s lips: the mystery writer’s identity. And it’s not just because their correspondence, delivered via untraceable couriers, has made him smile, frown, or imagine her engaged in erotic escapades—with him.

Other letters have begun landing on his desk, letters written by a decidedly unfriendly hand. And though it may threaten her reputation, the safest place for her could very well be his arms. Whether she likes it or not.

Warning: This book contains secret identities, dangerous liaisons, and a very sexy Scot.

My Rating: 4 Roses

An enjoyable historical romance that definitely turned the heat up, A Measure of Deceit was a great read and I liked it.

Both Grace and Connor were good characters, for the most part. Grace was kind, nonjudgmental, and a likable heroine. Connor was clever, self-reliant, and sweet when he wanted to be. I thought they were both likable.

The issue I had with both of them was that, at different times, they were both frustratingly stubborn. In the beginning, Grace's insistence that she keep her secret was annoying, particularly because it not only hurt Connor, but her two friends who only wanted to be there for her. And, then she bemoaned her situation, as if there was nothing in her power to fix it. Connor, in the later parts of the book, clung to his class prejudices. Not only was this irritating, but it was out of character from a man who had spent the book getting to know the people around him instead of assuming the worst of them. In  both cases, it made me want to shake some sense into them. But, both of them did eventually realize their mistakes, so it stayed a minor issue.

The romance was both sweet and spicy. Grace and Connor obviously cared about each other from the start, though they had trouble admitting it. And, they definitely had some hot chemistry. I thought they were a great couple.

The story was enjoyable and well paced. It kept me interested and the ending was lovely.

A Measure of Deceit was a lovely historical romance. I really enjoyed reading it. Romance lovers, you might want to check this book out.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review


  1. I'm glad this was a good one, Farrah. The stubbornness in some book characters can be so irritating b/c I just want them to be happy.

  2. Same for me, i just want to characters to get their happy ending. Thanks for visiting :)